Goulburn

The electoral district of Goulburn is a located in Southern NSW. Goulburn electorate covers the towns of Goulburn, Yass, Boorowa, Crookwell and Moss Vale. The seat covers the entirety of the Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Boorowa and Upper Lachlan council areas, and south-western parts of Wingecarribee Shire.

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According to 2016 Census data, Goulburn has:

  • A population of 75,766 (48,673 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,960 enrolled);

  • A higher than average median age at 44;

  • A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 16.3 % of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and

  • A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,318 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).

 

Goulburn as an electoral district existed continuously from 1859 until 1991 and was restored in 2007. The ALP dominated the seat from 1925 to 1965, and was held by the Country/National Party from 1965 until 1991. Goulburn is now a Liberal seat.

 

In the year of restoration, 2007, the seat was won by former federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward. She saw off a challenge from Goulburn Mulwaree mayor Paul Stephenson. Pru Goward was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

 

The current member, Pru Goward, holds the seat for the Liberal Party but is not seeking reelection. 

Wendy Tuckerman (LIB)

Tuckerman is the Liberal Party candidate for Goulburn in the 2019 election. Tuckerman worked for 14 years for Australian Federal Police as a detective specialising in sexual assault, child abuse and drug matters.

 

In more recent years Tuckerman has chaired the Canberra Joint Regional Organisation of Councils (CJROC), a role now held by Yass Shire Mayor Rowena Abbey. Tuckerman is a former Boorowa Council Mayor and Hilltops Council administrator.

 

Tuckerman unsuccessfully ran for National Party pre-selection at the 2017 Cootamundra by-election.

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Ursula Stephens (LAB)

Stephens is the Labor Party candidate for Goulburn in the 2019 election.

 

Stephens has lived and worked in the Goulburn area for more than 40 years. Stephens was elected to the Senate for New South Wales in 2001 and 2007 (defeated at the 2013 general election ). While a senator Stephens located her office in Goulburn.

 

A key part of Stephens' campaign message is fighting for better hospital funding across the Goulburn region.

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